The Low Road by Bruce Norris is a comedy exploring ideas about politics, economics and social justice. Set in pre-independence America, it follows the fortunes of Jim Trumpett, an orphan brought up by prostitutes who sets out to seek his fortune. On the way he meets an African slave, John Blanke, with whom his fortunes become intertwined.
Performed by LAMDA at the Greenwood Theatre near Waterloo, the play starred Nathan Hamilton as Jim Trumpett and Anton Cross as John Blanke, with a very strong supporting cast. I enjoyed the play’s anachronistic tone, with early narration by the economist Adam Smith (Sam Angel) and wry commentary on the times, although the closing scene was a tad too bizarre even for me. The historical setting of the majority of the play gave way, at the beginning of the second half, to a modern post-financial crash conference, which I rather enjoyed despite the massive change of setting, emphasising the unchanging conflict between principle and profit. I admit I would have liked the play to have been a little shorter, but overall I was impressed.